Title

Review and Recommendations for Fast-Track Wetland Permitting for Petroleum Pipeline Maintenance

Date of Award

8-28-2006

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

fast-track permits; Petroleum pipeline failures.; Petroleum pipelines; Petroleum pipelines -- United States.; wetland permitting; wetlands; Wetlands -- Law and legislation -- United States.

Abstract

The petroleum pipeline industry in the United States is challenged with maintaining the integrity of their pipelines, while also protecting the environment during any pipeline repairs. This project provides information on the activities relating to the industry Integrity Management Program, assesses the process that federal agencies are developing to create streamlined permitting processes, and if the necessary federal, state, and local wetland permits can be obtained in the time frame required by the law. Recommendations are also made for implementation of a fast-track wetland permitting process and what pipeline companies can do to speed up the permitting process. This project focuses on the refined petroleum pipelines that originate near the Gulf of Mexico and terminate in the Northeastern United States.

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